Following a preliminary injunction ruling on Wednesday morning by a federal judge who blocked a number of key provisions in Arizona’s new immigration law known as SB 1070, Representative Raul Grijalva, Arizona Democrat, called off the economic boycott of his state he previously called for. As a result of the judge’s decision, Mr. Grijalva feels there is no need to place economic sanctions on Arizona. He told reporters on Wednesday afternoon:
“It (the Arizona boycott) is causing us not to be able to talk about this issue. With this decision it’s off the table, so we’re not going to be asking conferences and conventions not to go to Arizona. In fact, we’re going to encourage it just to say, ‘help us come and change the climate.’ So that’s off the table. That’s another excuse. We’re willing to sit down. We need to solve this problem. It’s a national problem, and I hope this adds some urgency to Congress. We got to start moving on this.”
Following the passage of SB 1070, other cities around the country began passing ordinances that mandated their local governments to boycott Arizona in various ways.
However, even as these cities touted their economic boycott against Arizona, according to a recent report at Fox News.com, the hotel business in the state is booming:
In Phoenix, occupancy was up 10.6 percent in June; in Scottsdale, it was up 10.7 percent for the same period. Revenue also was up, with Arizona hotels raking in $148 million last month — up more than 11 percent from a year ago.
Broome said the state also has been able to attract newsbusinesses to locate in Arizona despite bad publicity. He said his group plans to announce 2,000 to 3,000 new jobs thanks to investment from California, where Arizona boycotts are in place in several major cities, over the next few months.
“Business continues,” said Garrick Taylor, spokesman with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
That doesn’t mean Arizona business groups are done worrying. To the contrary, they’re still on high alert over the potential damage the boycotts could do in the long run.
According to the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, leisure hotel bookings are up after a record bad year in 2009, but the conventions and meetings sectors have taken a hit — a development that could cost Arizona millions over the long term given that conventions are sometimes booked years in advance.
In fact, some boycotts against Arizona did not go exactly as planned reports Fox:
But some of those campaigns ran into glitches along the way, watering down the impact. Los Angeles exempted from the boycott a contract with an Arizona company that provided its red-light cameras. The Los Angeles City Council also is reportedly considering another exemption for airport taxi company Super Shuttle, based in Arizona.
In the meantime, Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer immediately responded that the state of Arizona would appeal the judge’s decision to the ninth U.S. circuit court of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, should it be necessary.
Mr. Grijalva appeared confident the federal government’s challenge against SB 1070 will be successful regardless of legal appeals. He told reporters he believed Judge Susan Bolton’s opinion on Wednesday was “well-written, well-crafted, well-designed opinion and that it can stand appeal.”